Patrice Evra leaves Marseille after Uefa ban until June for kicking fan

Teammates try to calm down Marseille's French defender Patrice Evra (back-L) as he argues with supporters before the start of the UEFA Europa League group I football match Vitoria SC vs...

Marseille have terminated Patrice Evra’s contract by mutual consent after he aimed a kick at a Marseille supporter earlier this month.

The Ligue 1 club announced they have parted company with Evra on Friday afternoon, shortly after Uefa announced the 36-year-old has been banned from all European club matches for seven months for his actions.

Evra has been banned from all Uefa competition club matches until 30 June 2018 and has been fined €10,000 (£8,829) for his actions, for which he was sent off after aiming a kick at a Marseille supporter before his side’s Europa League game at Vitória de Guimarães.

“By mutual agreement, Olympique de Marseille and Patrice Evra decided to end their collaboration. The player’s contract is officially terminated with immediate effect,” read a club statement.

“He committed the irreparable by responding to provocations unworthy of a handful of individuals. However, nothing in the background and especially in the form, justified such a skid, especially from a senior player as experienced whose attitude on the ground and off should inspire the youngest.

“In such a context, the conditions were no longer met for Patrice Evra to accomplish his mission serenely and above all effectively. Both parties agreed and decided to discontinue their collaboration by mutual agreement. Such behaviours, which expose the club to sanctions, have no place in the stands of a football stadium and at Olympique de Marseille in particular, where love for his team and support for his players make the Marseille public the best 12th man in France.”

Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the Marseille club president, added: “Today there is sadness,” he said. “For Patrice Evra first, who obviously understood all the consequences of his action and who will no longer be able to exercise his passion at Olympique de Marseille. For Marseille fans then, who are stigmatised because of the irresponsible behaviour of a handful of them. For the institution finally, whose reputation is tainted. Despite this incident, we are more than ever determined to demonstrate on and off the field that we are driven by the highest individual and collective demands.”

Evra, who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during an eight-year spell with Manchester United, joined Marseille from Juventus in January but struggled to hold down a first-team place. The left-back had not been sent off during a match since 2005, when he was dismissed during Monaco’s league match against Auxerre.

Powered by article was written by Ben Fisher, for The Guardian on Friday 10th November 2017 17.13 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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